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phy041 - Thermodynamics and Statistics (Complete module description)
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Module label Thermodynamics and Statistics
Module abbreviation phy041
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
attendance: 84 hrs self study: 96 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Engineering Physics (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Responsible persons
  • Kittel, Achim (authorised to take exams)
  • Lienau, Christoph (authorised to take exams)
  • Nilius, Niklas (authorised to take exams)
  • Peinke, Joachim (authorised to take exams)
  • Schäfer, Sascha (authorised to take exams)
  • Wollenhaupt, Matthias (authorised to take exams)
courses experimental physics 1, 2, 3
Skills to be acquired in this module
Procurement of fundamental principles of thermodynamics and statistical physics to enable students to understand and analyze formulation of relations for particle ensembles with appropriate magnitudes.
Module contents
I. PHENOMENOLOGICAL THERMODYNAMICS A) Fundamental Concepts Temperature, thermal equilibrium, 0. law, heat, internal energy, work from a system, first law , thermodynamic states and processes, thermodynamic cycles, B) Application of Fundamental Concepts Carnot and Stirling cycle, second law, entropy, Legendre Transform and potential functions (Free Energy, Enthalpy, Gibbs Potential), irreversible processes and change in entropy, C) Open Systems, real Gases, phase transitions II. STATISTICS Isotropic particle distribution in space Diffusion (1-dim) via particle hopping entropy changes with volume alteration energy distribution for distinguishable particles (Boltzmann- and Maxwell-distribution) energy distribution for non-distinguishable Particles (Fermi-Dirac-, and Bose-Einstein-distribution) Black Body Radiator (Plancks law) Saha-Equation
Recommended reading
M. W. Zemansky, R. H. Dittman: Heat and Thermodynamics. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997; Van P. Carey: Statistical thermodynamics and microscale thermophysics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) 1999; H. B. Callen: Thermodynamics. John Wiley, New York, 1978; C. Kittel, H. Krömer: Physik der Wärme. Oldenbourg, München, 1993; D. K. Kondepudi, I. Prigogine: Modern thermodynamics. John Wiley, New York, 1998;
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 4 56
Exercises 2 28
Total module attendance time 84 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module